Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

Stained Glass NativityLast year a few of us from my WI went to Alma House in Ripon for a workshop with Rachel Poole to make a stained glass nativity, we loved it and we were really proud of our nativities. So when we discovered Rachel would be doing another stained glass workshop myself and Theresa put our names down immediately. This time we would be making Christmas decorations.

It was a lovely autumn day when we drove over to Ripon, this was the canal just by the sandwich shop!20181110_093817 1

We had a great time at the workshop, Rachel is an excellent tutor, knowing we had been before she was happy for us to work on independently but more than happy to do quick refreshers in how to do various stages.DSC_0009

Rachel got everyone to tackle the holly first because as she said, everyone thinks it’s the most difficult where as actually it’s one of the easier ones to do! We learnt how to score the glass and break it and then how to grind the edges to neaten and smooth them off. We all then chose different decorations to make, cutting all the glass and grinding it before lunch.

Choosing glass reminded me a lot of selecting fabric, I fell for the same colours, purple, jade, blue! We flicked through the box containing little sheets of glass and all of a sudden I’d see one and think Oooh I like that!

The Christmas decorations were made using the Tiffany technique, so we had to stick narrow copper tape around each piece of glass, then came the fun bit…DSC_0010

We had to soak each piece in acid and then solder all round, coating the copper tape completely. We could then solder different pieces together and add the silver wire to decorate. We learnt very quickly that the other end of the wire gets very hot when you solder!

We had a great time and we’re already looking forward to next years workshops with Rachel.DSC_0011

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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10 Responses to Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    They are wonderful, what a great workshop.

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  2. Faby Reilly says:

    How beautiful !!!! ♥

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  3. tialys says:

    I loved your nativity last year – Lordy, was it really a year ago – and I love these too.
    I’ve been umming and aahing about doing a stained glass course locally – very expensive and a whole weekend and in French 😱 You’re lovely work has made me think seriously about it again.

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  4. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You are so lucky to have so many workshops near enough to attend. What fun. Your creations are fabulous. They will look stunning hanging on the tree reflecting the lights.

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    I would love to do a stained glass workshop! Those are all just beautiful!

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  6. katechiconi says:

    I’m so bad at dropping things, I’d be hopeless at working with glass. But I can see how much fun you’ve had, your decorations are lovely.

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  7. wybrow1966 says:

    Lovely – what a great treat!

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  8. Debbie says:

    Beautiful! The nativity and holiday ornaments! It reminded
    Me of my Dad has he loved to work with
    Stained glass and made many pieces!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  9. dezertsuz says:

    Really gorgeous. My son and I were just talking about stained glass today. He wants to do a door and a round window piece when he builds his house in about 3 years. These would make a great addition to his Christmas tree.

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